German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a meeting of the Bundestag to  discuss the country’s 2016 budget.  Photograph:  Adam Berry/Getty Images

Battling a bad cold and facing down a growing political chill, Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned the Bundestag – and her European allies – that “w(...)

German defense minister Ursula von der Leyen in front of a former aicraft hangar transformed into an asylum waiting center, in Erding. Photograph: Armin Weigel/EPA

A little girl of three or four totters by in a washed-out red dress, candystripe tights and turquoise wellingtons. With a blond, naked doll under her (...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel, German economy minister Sigmar Gabriel (r) and Bavarian state premier Horst Seehofer (l) address the media before a meeting of German state leaders to discuss the migrant crisis in Berlin, Germany. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

After weeks of bad-tempered rows, Berlin’s grand coalition has agreed to expedite asylum applications and new camps to register over a million refugee(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and vice chancellor Sigmar Gabriel   in Berlin. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel holds crunch talks in Berlin today to quell growing tensions in her government over the refugee crisis, now likely to (...)

An escalation in fighting in recent weeks is set to prompt a new wave of displaced Syrians. Photograph: Mauricio Lima/The New York Times

A wave of up to 100,000 refugees has fled the Syrian city of Aleppo and surrounding areas since the beginning of Russian attacks there, the president (...)

Refugees from Syria near the Austrian-German border in Julbach, Austria. Austria has become the main transit country for migrants travelling from the Balkans to Germany. Photograph: EPA

Berlin’s grand coalition is at odds over the latest proposal to master the growing refugee crisis: “transit zones” in border regions to allow the dete(...)

Bavarian premier Horst Seehofer said the federal government’s departure from standard EU asylum practice was endangering the stability of Germany’s federal states. Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel is facing an escalating political revolt after challenges to her position in the refugee crisis from her conservativ(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel celebrates the 25th anniversary of German reunification. Political critics argue that Germany’s resources are exhausted even before one million refugees arrive this year. Photograph: Thomas Lohnes/Getty

Growing disunity over how to manage the refugee crisis overshadowed weekend celebrations marking a quarter century of German unity. A month after Germ(...)

A little girl gestures while arriving at a refugee camp in Opatovac, Croatia on Sunday. Photograph: Antonio Bronic/Reuters

The Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Niamh rescued 125 people off a rubber craft 60 kilometres north east of Tripoli on Sunday. A north-westerly force 5 w(...)

For Chancellor Angela Merkel closing the border was a capitulation in deed to a word she has, for months, studiously avoided: overwhelmed. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

British architect Norman Foster once described Berlin’s Tempelhof as the “mother of all airports”. One of the world’s largest buildings, with a curved(...)